Track live forecasts of river flooding ahead of Hurricane Michael

Track live forecasts of river flooding ahead of Hurricane Michael

The storm is expected to hit the Florida Panhandle within the next day with winds of nearly 130 miles per hour, along with 12-foot-high storm surge and heavy rain that will drench its way into the Carolinas.

Hurricane Michael continues to intensify and has upgraded to a category 3 storm Tuesday afternoon with the Florida Panhandle in its path.

North Carolina's governor says he's afraid Hurricane Michael could slow the recovery for homeowners dealing with wind or flooding from Hurricane Florence.

"There's nothing between us and this storm but warm water", he said.

On Monday, mandatory evacuations of residents were ordered in areas including Wakulla, Franklin, Gulf and Bay counties, which are forecast to be impacted most by the huge winds and highest storm surge.

As of 5:00 pm Eastern time (2100 GMT), Michael was about 295 miles (470 kilometers) south of Panama City and moving north at 12 miles per hour (19 kph). Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles. Jacksonville will experience tropical downpours and storms by Wednesday evening as the system makes landfall. "That means the water will come miles in shore and could easily be over the roofs of houses", Scott said.

With Hurricane Florence still fresh in the minds of North Carolinians, Gov. Roy Cooper urged state residents to prepare for another storm.

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"Storm surge is the No. 1 problem that you can see from these storms".

President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration for the state, freeing up federal funds for relief operations and providing the assistance of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Florida National Guard has over 4,000 more Guard members available for deployment, Scott said. "It's forecast to be a large and risky hurricane at landfall".

The hurricane is expected to make landfall Wednesday in Florida before crossing Georgia and the Carolinas as a weaker storm.

Storm surge warnings are also in place along the Florida and Alabama coasts. This rainfall could lead to life threatening flash floods. "Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions", the hurricane center said. It developed into a hurricane on Monday, and by Tuesday, more than 180,000 people were under mandatory evacuation orders.

Kara Dorn, an oceanographer and head of the USGS's Coastal Change Hazards Storm Team, said in a statement: "As the storm approaches the coast, the shallow sea bed will reduce that wave height somewhat. And if it gets much worse. we will go". "And then you're riding it out in your auto instead of something else". "If we can possibly ride it out safely, we're going to try it".

Authorities told residents and tourists in at least 20 Florida counties to evacuate coastal areas along the 200-mile (322 km) long Panhandle and adjacent Big Bend region.

The hurricane forced Benny and Cindy Guinn to get married a day earlier.

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It's likely that Hurricane Michael will cause beach erosion for 75 percent of Florida's Gulf Coast Beaches, the USGS predicted.

"I know people are worn out from Florence", Cooper said at a press briefing Tuesday morning.

"I feel like that they should've provided something", she said. Many filled sandbags and boarded up homes and lined up to buy gas and groceries before leaving town.

"Since 6:00 am it's been backed up". Fall's bitter battle for the Supreme Court brought us not a refreshing crispness, but a renewed sense of the brittle fragility of the bonds that hold our country together.

In Alabama, where residents may see massive power outages, high winds and heavy rain, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency statewide.

"Guess what? That's today", Graham said.

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